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Robert Munsch to join Canada’s Walk of Fame

Prolific children’s author Robert Munsch will join Margaret Atwood and Pierre Berton to become the third author among the 124 members of Canada’s Walk of Fame in September. The announcement from Canada’s Walk of Fame and Canwest describes Munsch’s contribution to Canadian culture:

From the first time he stood in front of a group of children as a student teacher at a nursery school in 1972, Munsch’s animated presentation grabbed hold of the imaginations of his listeners and he’s been telling stories ever since.

To qualify for induction to Canada’s Walk of Fame, candidates must have been born in Canada or have spent their formative or creative years here. Munsch, a Pittsburgh native, falls under the latter category. Although Munsch, 64, suffered a stroke last August and has yet to return to writing, the author’s editor at Scholastic Canada, Diane Kerner, assured fans in a recent comment on a Toronto Star article that there are many more Munsch books to come:

As Robert Munsch’s editor, I want to let readers know that while he may not be writing new stories right now, he has dozens of stories ready for publication and Scholastic continues to publish two books a year. His most recent book, Down the Drain!, came out this spring, and Roar! will be published in September.